Storytime on the Go at Hudson Farmers Market, Saturday May 17th

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The Hudson Area Library’s Storytime on the Go will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this Saturday from 9AM – 1PM. Join us this free event, which will include stories about nature and animals, songs, and puppetry.

Storytime on the Go is a mobile early literacy effort aimed at encouraging opportunities for parents and caregivers to read to their babies, toddlers, and young children. The event is best suited for children ages 0-5 and their families. Free board books will be available for participants to take home.

Storytime on the Go is made possible by the Hudson Area Library’s Kids First Initiative with grant support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Fund for Columbia County.  

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Book Sale Room Blowout Sale!

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In order to make room for new inventory, the Friends Book Sale Room will feature hundreds of great books in a special discount sale this Saturday! All fiction books (both hard and softcover) will be buy one/ get one free (that’s 2 for $1) and all paperback books (mass market) will be 3 for $1. The shelves are packed with hundreds of great authors and subjects, so stock up now for plentiful spring reading!

In addition to all the great fiction books, there are thousands of titles in over forty categories to choose from in the Book Sale Room. Books on art, travel, gardening, cooking, photography, poetry, memoir, history, classics, humor, large print, mystery, sports and more are all here…our inventory is the largest in the area! Hundreds of children’s books for all reading levels are also available. Movies, audio books and music also available at discounted prices.

Books make great gifts, and you can be sure to find something for everyone at this sale.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us! See you on Saturday in the Book Sale Room!

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Ellen Jensen Abbott

Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Ellen Jensen Abbott writes about her library experiences:

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There are many perks to being a teacher: the excitement and energy of working with youth; spending time reading and discussing great works of literature; spring break. But one of the perks has been central to my growth as a writer. That perk is the special access I get to my school library. Continue reading

Join Us This Weekend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival!

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We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, May 3rd at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the biggest gathering of children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators you’ve ever seen! There will be books for sale, exhibitions, book readings, and live performances by:

Aaron Nigel Smith, Call to Action at 11:00am

John Farrell, High Hopes and Common Threads at 12:30pm

The Hudson Area Library and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will have tables at the Festival, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

The Festival will take place at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, located at 215 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free! For parking, transportation and more information visit the Hudson Children’s Book Festival website.

May Children’s Programs

tulipsBe sure to visit the library’s table at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd for a sneak peek at our exciting summer programming! Our “Story Time on the Go” early literacy program will visit the Hudson Farmers Market this month on Saturday, May 17th. Stop by the library to check out books by our May Author of the Month, Leo Lionni, whose birthday was May 5, 1910. Check out the list of special events in the Children’s Room listed below! To see a list of ongoing programs, visit our programs page on our website. Continue reading

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Kimberly Sabatini

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Hudson Children’s Book Festival author Kimberly Sabatini writes about her library experiences:

Why Our Libraries Will ALWAYS be an Adventure

Today I’m writing about my love of libraries, but first I’m going to interrupt to tell you that I’m not old. Okay–I’m a little old. I’m 44 and I write for kids and teens. So, from their perspective I’m probably ancient. But, FYI, I’m young at heart, so that’s all that really matters–right? Continue reading

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Illustrators Spotlight

Authors may write the story, but with picture books the illustrators help set the scene and the tone of the story, develop characters and settings, show actions and reactions, and help bring the story to life! Here are three of the many children’s book illustrators that will be present at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd:

BryanCollierBryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He received Caldecott Honors for the books Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and, most recently, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill. Mr. Collier lives in New York. Learn more about Bryan Collier at http://www.bryancollier.com. Continue reading

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Author Spotlight: Lesa Cline-Ransome

lesaHudson Children’s Book Festival author Lesa Cline-Ransome writes about her library experiences:

On Main Street, right smack in the heart of Malden Square, sat our town library. As a child, I was a frequent flier, visiting right after school and on weekends.  I loved the smell of wood and glue and paper almost as much as I loved the books. On the shelves sat my escape, adventure, a universe of possibility, all at my fingertips. As I presented my library card and the librarian stamped the return dates on each of my selections, I reveled in each loud thunk.  The date was just a formality for me.  I devoured each book so quickly, they were returned well before the due date. Continue reading